1985 UCLA Bruins football
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 45–28 vs. Iowa
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
Record9–2–1 (6–2 Pac-10)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorHomer Smith (8th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorBob Field (4th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorTom Hayes (4th season)
Home stadiumRose Bowl
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 7 UCLA $ 6 2 0 9 2 1
Arizona 5 2 0 8 3 1
Arizona State 5 2 0 8 4 0
Washington 5 3 0 7 5 0
USC 5 3 0 6 6 0
Oregon 3 4 0 5 6 0
Washington State 3 5 0 4 7 0
Stanford 3 5 0 4 7 0
Oregon State 2 6 0 3 8 0
California 2 7 0 4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their tenth year under head coach Terry Donahue, the Bruins compiled a 9–2–1 record (6–2 Pac-10), finished in first place in the Pacific-10 Conference, and were ranked #7 in the final AP Poll. The Bruins went on to defeat #4 Iowa in the 1986 Rose Bowl.[1] Running back Eric Ball was selected as the most valuable player in the 1986 Rose Bowl.

UCLA's offensive leaders in 1985 were quarterback David Norrie with 1,819 passing yards, running back Gaston Green with 712 rushing yards, and wide receiver Karl Dorrell with 565 receiving yards.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 7at No. 8 BYU*No. 20ESPNW 27–2465,455
September 14at Tennessee*No. 10ABCT 26–2694,370[3]
September 21San Diego State*No. 12W 34–1654,625
September 28at WashingtonNo. 13CBSL 14–2160,801
October 5Arizona State
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
CBSW 40–1750,494
October 12at StanfordW 34–963,000
October 19at Washington StateNo. 18KNBCW 31–3032,302
October 26CaliforniaNo. 17
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
TBSW 34–761,530
November 9at ArizonaNo. 14W 24–1957,779
November 16Oregon StateNo. 13
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
W 41–045,102
November 23at USCNo. 8L 13–1790,064
January 1, 1986vs. No. 4 Iowa*No. 13
NBCW 45–28103,292
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Personnel

1985 UCLA Bruins football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 83 Willie Anderson So
RB 21 Eric Ball Fr
WR Dave Clinton
OT 72 Robert Cox
WR Paco Craig
WR 8 Karl Dorrell Jr
FB 22 Mel Farr So
RB Greg Francois
RB Bob Garabaldi
C 69 Joe Goebel
RB 44 Gaston Green So
RB 45 Marcus Greenwood Jr
G 63 Mike Hartmeier
OT Robert Jenkins Sr
OT 70 John Kidder
QB Brendan McCracken
G 77 Jim McCullough
QB 9 David Norrie Sr
TE Jeff Nowinski
RB James Primus
WR 82 Mike Sherrard Sr
QB 11 Matt Stevens Jr
TE 81 Derek Tennell Jr
RB Danny Thompson
OL Jim Warnick
WR Al Wilson
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL Frank Batchkoff
DB Joe Gasser
DL Jeff Glasser
CB 2 Darryl Henley Fr
LB 59 Melvin Jackson
LB 99 Steve Jarecki Sr
LB Chance Johnson
DB 31 Carnell Lake Fr
DB 37 Chuckie Miller Jr
LB 41 Ken Norton Jr. So
DB Dennis Price
DB Craig Rutledge
LB Eric Smith
LB 42 Tommy Taylor Sr
NG 40 Terry Tumey So
DB 23 Marcus Turner  Fr
DL Jim Wahler
DT 95 Mark Walen Sr
DB James Washington
DL Doug Wassel
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P Ted Henderson
K 25 John Lee Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game summaries

At BYU

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At Tennessee

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San Diego State

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At Washington

1 234Total
UCLA 7 700 14
Washington 0 11100 21
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Husky Stadium, Seattle
  • Game attendance: 60,801
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C)

See also: 1985 Washington Huskies football team

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Arizona State

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At Stanford

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At Washington State

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California

See also: 1985 California Golden Bears football team and California–UCLA football rivalry

California Golden Bears (3–4) at #17 UCLA Bruins (5–1–1)
Period 1 2 34Total
California 7 0 007
UCLA 3 17 7734

at Rose BowlPasadena, California

  • Date: October 26
  • Game attendance: 61,530
  • [5]
Game information

UCLA moved into first place in the Pac-10 with the win.

At Arizona

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Oregon State

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At USC

See also: 1985 USC Trojans football team and Victory Bell (UCLA–USC)

#8 UCLA Bruins (8–1–1) at USC Trojans (4–5)
Period 1 2 34Total
UCLA 7 6 0013
USC 7 0 3717

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: November 23
  • Game attendance: 90,064
  • [6]
Game information

Vs. No. 4 Iowa (Rose Bowl)

#13 UCLA vs. #4 Iowa
1 234Total
Bruins 10 14714 45
Hawkeyes 7 3711 28

Main article: 1986 Rose Bowl

See also: 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1986 NFL Draft

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Mike Sherrard Wide receiver 1 18 Dallas Cowboys
John Lee Kicker 2 32 St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Walen Defensive tackle 3 74 Dallas Cowboys
Tommy Taylor Linebacker 4 97 San Diego Chargers
Robert Jenkins Tackle 6 144 Los Angeles Rams
Steve Jarecki Linebacker 8 195 Los Angeles Rams

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References

  1. ^ "1985 UCLA Bruins Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "1985 UCLA Bruins Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "UCLA's comeback kids are at it again, 26–26". The Los Angeles Times. September 15, 1985. Retrieved November 4, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Huskies jolt Bruins, 21-17". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 29, 1985. p. 9B.
  5. ^ "UCLA spins Cal to hold the top." Eugene Register-Guard. 1985 Oct 27. Retrieved 2019-Jan-08.
  6. ^ UCLA-Southern Cal Box Score. Gainesville Sun. 1985 Nov 24. Pg. 4F. Retrieved 2020-Dec-12.
  7. ^ "ROSE BOWL; U.C.L.A. WALLOPS IOWA". New York Times. January 2, 1986. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "1986 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 22, 2019.